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Blaze consumes 2 homes, 40 acres

April 04, 2009|Associated Press

A wind-driven fire in Palm Springs burned at least two homes and forced about 50 more to be evacuated before it was mostly contained Friday evening.

No major injuries have been reported.

Palm Springs Fire Battalion Chief Austin Smith said the fire had burned at least 40 acres by late Friday evening.

Police Sgt. Mitch Spike said the fire started on the road to Palm Springs Tramway and was spreading south and east, into a residential neighborhood about two miles from downtown.

Gusts of wind blowing at least 50 mph were knocking down power lines and palm trees, complicating firefighting and evacuation efforts, police Sgt. Mitch Spike said.

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